BAC & Binge Drinking


  • Blood Alcohol concentration is the percentage of alcohol in the blood as someone drinks. Typically, this measurement is converted to a percentage such as 0.1%, which indicates that one-tenth of a percent of a person’s blood is alcohol.

How alcohol affects your body at different levels

  • 0.02 - 0.03 Legal definition of intoxication for people under 21 years of age. Few obvious effects; slight intensification of mood.
  • 0.05 - 0.06 Feeling of warmth, relaxation, mild sedation; exaggeration of emotion and behavior; slight decrease in reaction time and in fine-muscle coordination; impaired judgment about continued drinking.
  • 0.07 - 0.09 More noticeable speech impairment and disturbance of balance; impaired motor coordination, hearing and vision; feeling of elation or depression; increased confidence; may not recognize impairment.
  • 0.08 Legal definition of intoxication for people 21 years and older.
  • 0.11 - 0.12 Coordination and balance becoming difficult; distinct impairment of mental faculties and judgment.
  • 0.14 - 0.15 Major impairment of mental and physical control; slurred speech, blurred vision and lack of motor skills; needs medical evaluation.
  • 0.20 Loss of motor control; must have assistance standing or walking; mental confusion; needs medical assistance.
  • 0.30 Severe intoxication; potential loss of consciousness; needs hospitalization

Binge Drinking

  • Bring Drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in a sitting for a man and 4 or more drinks for a woman.
  • Participating in drinking games are some of the most popular forms of binge drinking. Drinking games require participants to drink excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. It is very easy to lose count of drinks consumed and it is important to avoid these dangerous actions involving high intoxication levels.
  • Pre-Gaming, or "drinking before drinking," is often referred to as a time in which students engage in binge drinking prior to going to parties, bars, etc. Pre-Gaming activities often times involve drinking games in order for people to drink high volumes of alcohol in a short amount of time. Students tend to engage in pre-gaming for many reasons, including getting a buzz in order feel more sociable and to spend less money at the bar.
  • Alcohol Poisoning is a serious consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol over a short period of time. Drinking large amounts too quickly can affect heart rate, breathing and gag reflex and can potentially lead to coma and/or death
    • Common Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning: Confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, pale skin, low body temp, unconsciousness, and passing out.